"Preach the gospel; if necessary use words" is like saying "feed the poor and; if necessary use food."
I too agree re propitiation and expiation it is both/and. At the time two versions of the Bible were popular, one used one term and the other the other. People actually noticed the change. Today most modern versions seem to take a side and then use simpler terms rather than the "big words."
As to the college? May have been a fine one for all I know and the pastor just didn't pay attention. Or didn't want to get into the discussion and blew the guy off. I give him a bit of grace as he was trained as music minister but hired to preach.
But I would say the focus on "come have an emotional moment with us" has perhaps some unintended consequences we may not like.
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us wthout end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
- C.S. Lewis
is it better that we feel nothing, or that we feel bad?
is it better that we are amoral, or let the state be moral for us?
What is on the other side of this line in the sand that we have a catchy name for?
Mmmmm dosent sound very christian to me.
Todd--I would advocate we focus on getting the truth published in word, song, and deed.
And let the Holy Spirit stir up good feelings, bad feelings, or no feelings depending on what He sees the individual needs.